July 30, 2014
Unbeaten ex-WBC youth champ Masayuki Ito (15-0-1, 6 KOs), 132.5, decked an important victory over IBF#5 ranked Masao Nakamura (18-2, 18 KOs), 132.5, as he occasionally connected with long rights to the onrushing hard-puncher and was awarded a close but unanimous verdict (77-76 twice and 78-75) over eight upset rounds on Wednesday in Tokyo, Japan. Nakamura, 26, was a prefight favorite due to his superior power even though Ito, a 23-year-old lanky speedster, had been still unbeaten. Nakamura was once an OPBF 130-pound titlist, but forfeited his regional belt via unexpected first-round annihilation by Filipino Ronald Pontillas three years ago. But he scored six wins all within the distance, including a third-round stoppage of a highly rated Filipino Raymond Sermona last August that had him enter the IBF ratings.
The opening session saw Nakamura almost topple the footworker with a smashing right, which had the crowd impressed that it would be an easy night for the ex-champ. Ito, however, began to utilize his busier and faster footwork to avert Nakamurafs solid jabs and have his vaunted rights missing time and again. Ito, even from an unorthodox position, connected with well-time rights while backpedalling and sidestepping. It was Nakamura, powerful but stiff, that maintained the pressure, but wasnft necessarily he that returned to the corner by winning points due to Itofs more accurate counters. Nakamura seemed to believe in his triumph due to his constant pressure at the completion of the close affair, but the judges evaluated Itofs precision more even while losing his equilibrium. It looked like an upset game Alexis Arguello lost an unexpected verdict to an elusive footowrker Vilmar Fernandez in New York in 1978.
Five-class national champ Tadashi Yuba (46-9-2, 32 KOs), 160.5, sent much shorter and smaller Filipino Dondon Lapuz (19-46-7, 7 KOs), 156, to the deck twice and for the count at 2:42 of the opening session in a scheduled eight. The 37-year-old veteranfs southpaw left to the midsection was a haymaker.
OPBF#14 super-fly, Filipino lefty Michael Dasmarinas (17-1, 10 KOs), 117, easily defeated Hayato Kimura (21-7, 15 KOs), 117, by a unanimous decision (79-72, 78-73, 78-74) over eight lopsided rounds.
Promoter: Be Tight Promotions.
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